Whilst Hemorrhoids are a condition which is rather simple to treat (albeit a great deal more painful to leave it and wait for treatment!), this is one of the conditions where prevention is going to be a great deal easier than a cure (honestly, nobody wants to go through the pain of hemorrhoids surgery!). This is why I want you to take a little look at how to prevent hemorrhoids and hemorrhoid prevention methods on this page.
Hopefully by following this guide, particularly if you are in an ‘at risk’ group, you will find that if you have hemorrhoids they will disappear, and if you don’t, you will find it a great deal easier to keep them at bay.
Avoiding Hemorrhoids with a Good Exercise Plan
Firstly, if you are overweight then you are going to need to lose some weight. You should hopefully know if you are over a healthy weight or not. If you are not a healthy weight then you are going to need to make the effort now. Remember, this is something that is going to help you a great deal more than just avoid hemorrhoids!
I suggest starting with an exercise plan. There are a couple of good ones out there. You don’t actually need to do anything too extreme. Many people realize that once they get started with a good exercise plan, not only are they going to eliminate their weight, but they are also reducing pressure on their veins and preventing constipation. Both of these are going to be huge factors in causing hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoid Prevention With Your Bathroom Habits
Most hemorrhoids are all about the stools. We are therefore going to need to do a bit of work in the bathroom. Firstly, it is important that you don’t strain, particularly if you hold your breath at the same time. This is going to cause a great deal of pressure on the veins in the lower part of your rectum. Basically you are pretty much asking for hemorrhoids in this case! It is also important that you use the bathroom as soon as you have the urge to go. Chances are, if you don’t and the ‘urge’ disappears, your stool is going to become hard. This will be difficult to pass, and of course that is going to cause you to strain. You can also use laxatives, however we recommend to stay as natural as possible.
How to Prevent Hemorrhoids With Proper Diet
In most people, hemorrhoids are caused by constipation. This is often due to a lack of dietary fiber. Women need at least 25 grams a day, men at least 38 grams a day. Most people don’t actually get this. You can either take supplements to build yourself up to a healthy daily level, but of course, changing your diet is always going to be better (particularly if you are overweight too!). You can make changes like the following:
- Eat more fruits and vegetables. You are going to need to have at least five servings a day (I suggest you browse the internet to find out what constitutes a serving)
- Whole grains (this means wholegrain bread or rice)
When you are increasing your fiber intake I suggest you do so slowly. Many people that increase their fibre intake drastically straight away often find that they end up with severe problems with gas. This is of course something that you are going to want to avoid!
You can also help ease your constipation woes by trying to drink more fluids every single day. I suggest that at the very minimum you drink around eight glasses of water a day. If you can drink more than brilliant! You should also try to eliminate sugary drinks and alcohol as various studies have indicated that these can actually contribute to the onset of hemorrhoids. How much they do is unknown at the moment, but it will help you with your hemorrhoid prevention. Doing this will also keep your stools soft and prevent straining. Read more about foods to eat and to avoid with hemorrhoids.
Do Not Sit or Stand for Too Long
Another major cause of Hemorrhoids is standing or sitting for too long. This particularly happens if you sit on the toilet for too long. My suggestion is to get up and walk around a little bit from time to time. This is going to have the same benefits as exercise as above. If you work in an office environment then walk around for five minutes every hour or so. This may not seem like a lot, but you will be surprised at just how much it helps in terms of hemorrhoid prevention.
Be Careful with Heavy Lifting
Finally, you should avoid heavy lifting for long periods of time. You will be surprised at just how prevalent this condition is in people that are working out all of the time lifting heavy weights or simply those that work in jobs which require a lot of heavy lifting. My suggestion is that you try to cut it down to as little as possible. In your job this may be hard, but if you are ‘working out’ then try and go fewer times a week, or even cut down on the amount of weights you are lifting or the time you are putting into working out. If you are going to lift heavy objects then I suggest that you exhale when you lift. This will stop pressure building up in your body (comes with holding your breath and lifting). This will help prevent your hemorrhoids a small amount.
This is of course just a very brief guide to hemorrhoid prevention. I hope it is useful for you though! Remember, if you want to avoid this condition then you are going to need to put the effort in. I suggest that you also read up on the causes of hemorrhoids, particularly if you are in one of the ‘at risk’ groups. This way you can spot the early onset of hemorrhoids. If you catch them quickly then it is going to cause you a great deal less pain in the long run, and it is going to be very easy to treat.
Remember, if hemorrhoids do appear then try to make changes to your routine using some of the ideas above. More often than not, this is all that is needed to get your healthy lifestyle again! Please watch this very informative video on how to prevent hemorrhoids and let us know your thoughts:
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